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calling him mature and reasonable, not a bomb thrower. bush told the paper he likes texas governor, rick perry, he's not surging forward. bush's comments were not a formal endorsement, they give an important boost to the romney campaign two weeks before the iowa caucuses. >>> to overseas where a crackdown by syria's government continues without let up. human rights activists say at least six people were killed in fresh attacks by government forces yesterday. amateur video shows black smoke and flames and one syrian city after alleged shelling by the president's forces. arab league delegates arrived in syria thursday ahead of monitors who want to assess whether the government is complying to peace initiatives. there are reports coming in saying quote, terrorists, unquote, attacked security in damascus. state tv is describing it as a double suicide car bombing. a number of civilians have been killed. >>> here is your first look at other news going on. florida police cracked down a group of vandals, thanks to youtube. a video posted by the culprit showed video of them ransacking several sto
the blaze but not before the house of worship was totally destroyed. >>> a would weather front in texas produced the first snowfall as well as treacherous driving conditions in some past of the states. it caused several roleovers an smashups. the weather conditions led to several school shutdowns and power outages. cold weather isn't stopping the flow of traffic to one texas woman's home. judy klein has collected nearly 3,000 nativity scenes over a decade. tourists have even stopped by to get a peek at the holiday-themed souvenirs from all over the world. her collection is so vast, her husband had to build a separate house for them. >>> right or wrong, nebraska pet owners are adding color to their holiday celebrations. >> it's wrong. >> no, that's right. you're looking at it. these dogs have been taken to a spat that specializes in full body coloring of animals with pet-safe dyes or the lesser extensive stencils. that poor little guy. bill has your national weather. >> you said right or wrong. >> and you say wrong. >> we don't need polling for that. if the owners would do it themselves
about a landmark supreme court case, a case that was very important to texas, the state where perry is of course governor. in lawrence v. texas the supreme court struck down the anti-sodomy law in texas and 13 other states. this happened in 2003, when perry was in fact serving as governor of texas. >> his question is how do i -- how do i defend my criticism of limited government in the lawrence v. texas. listen, here's -- here's the issue that i have.ç i don't dislike government. i just want government to work. i wish i could tell you i knew every supreme court case. i don't. i'm not even going to try to go through every supreme court case. that would be -- you know, i'm not a lawyer. but here's what i do know. i know they're spending too much money in washington, d.c. and $15 trillion worth of debt is on the back of that young man right there. and if we don't go in and cut the size of government, court cases aren't going to make one tinker's heck. >> one tinker's heck. that's the word that showed up in my prompter. i don't know what that means. the "texas tribune" pointed out tha
cannot solve these problems with war. >> attempting to mount a comeback in iowa, texas governor rick perry compared himself to often underestimated denver broncos' quarterback tim tebow. >> i'm kind of getting where i like these debates. as a matter of fact, i hope obama and i debate a lot, and i'll get there early and we will get it on, and we will talk about our differences, which are great. i'll talk about what we've done in the state of texas. i'll talk about talking a balanced budget amendment to the congress. i'll talk about having a -- the type of part-time congress that i think americans are ready for. you know, there are a lot of people out there, i understand it, you know, this are a lot of folks that said tim tebow wasn't going to be a very good nfl quarterback. there are people that stood up and said, well, he doesn't have the right throwing mechanisms. you know, he's not playing the game right. you know, he won two national championships, and that looks pretty good. we were the national champions in job creation back in texas. am i ready for the next level? let me tell y
as it moves toward the great lakes. roads were closed across kansas and the texas panhandle to allow crews to clear snow and treacherous patches of ice. near whiteout conditions piled snow drifts up to ten feet. >>> now here's your first look at some of the other news going on around america today. a flight headed for georgia ended tragically on a new jersey highway. parts of the small aircraft scattered after it smashed in to the wooded area. the pilot, his wife and their two children and a family friend were killed. >>> holiday tragedy also struck a georgia family in texas when a small plane crash killed all five on board. the pilot, his wife, two children and brother perished in the rural area crash. >>> the winner of a raffle, which gave him a brand new lamborghini wrecked the car after driving over black ice, only six hours after receiving the key. the car is insured and it will be repaired. >>> finally, fedex is dealing with a public relations nightmare. security footage of a delivery man tossing a brand new flat-screen over a recipient's fence has gone viral. the shipping giant twee
, the court will rule on the president's health care law, congressional redistricting, at least in texas which would impact who controls congress and now the arizona law. a challenge to california's same-sex marriage ban still waits in the wings. >>> we may debate whether this is an activist court. it's certainly an active court. >>> former vice president dick cheney is stopping short of jumping on the gingrich bandwagon but told cnn he's not surprised his former colleague in the house has managed to fight his way to the top. >> we came to congress together at the same time. '78. and when newt showed up, he said, we can become the majority. we can take back the house of representatives. we hadn't had the house since the 1940s. and initially none of us believed it. but he was persistent and tenacious. he kept it up and kept tup and kept it up and finally by '94, he's the newly elected speaker of the house of representatives with a republican majority. so i wouldn't underestimate him. >> former pennsylvania congressman bob walker is a gingrich adviser. he served as deputy whip while gingrich was
police he was angry with the elderly victim because she owed him money for work he had done. >>> a texas high school championship game celebration came to a painful ending at cowboys stadium. the winning coach was among seven people mowed down by a runaway electric cart after the title game. all the injuries were minor, and still unclear how the unmanned vehicle began moving under its own power. >>> and finally, santa had an unforgettable gift for one young boy in kansas. moments after he told st. nick he wanted his dad home for christmas, there you go. the 3-year-old's father popped out of a nearby box. dad is home on leave after serving two tours in iraq and redeploys in january. how's that for a good christmas gift. now for a look at your national weather, we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with your weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. >> good morning. one of the only times santa takes a back seat. >> absolutely right. he's got shotgun, though. >> yes, he does. good morning, everyone. major winter storm rolling through the southwest. new mexico's going to get hit, and
by ben jealous, president and ceo of the naacp. also with us, congresswoman sheila jackson lee of texas who serves on the house judiciary committee. let's go to you first, congresswoman. what about the house judiciary committee, the justice department looking into first the constitutionality, the legality of this law that is taking place and disenfranchising so many people in michigan? where does this stand? >> well, first of all, i join my ranking member, my colleague, john conyers, representative from detroit, in asking the attorney general to question the constitutionality of this runaway law. under article 4, section 4, we are owed an obligation to have a democracy of which we can vote on our dually chosen candidates. but this is a runaway opportunity to diminish minority voting power in particular because of the predominance of this process on predominantly african-american communities including detroit. i agree with mayor bing that he can get this done. this is union busting, but it is more than that. it is job busting. i hope many of your viewers will realize that when you go int
that will be moving into texas, but most of the country is in good shape, a far cry from yesterday when there was so much rain and severe weather through georgia late yesterday towards the rush hour. there were not a lot of people on the roads. serious problems. there is a look at what's going on right now. the storm has moved out to the north and the east. here's a look back at the damage in georgia. we had 50 trees knocked down and 17 power poles. thousands of people without power. tens of thousands without power. there was structural damage as well. this was probably straight line wind damage and not a tornado, but a scary night and again that storm is zipped out to the north and the east. the only thing we are watching is lingering snow in new mexico. we heard about a closure along the texas-new mexico state line along i-40. light snow continues and we will see a few inches about three to five in roswell and two to four in midland. that storm that moves out tomorrow, there will be issues on the roads in texas. we are talking about 45 and 35. i-20 and i-tennesseeing light rain and lingering snow.
texas and i think her daughter. there were some cell phones being plugged in on the floor because there was no furniture. so he's just starting up. when you look at ad spending, gingrich has spent only $233,000 so far. rick perry and his supporters, his superpac, have spent $5 million, yet perry's in single digits. does money matter? does organization matter? is gingrich just flowing above the frey and able to reach down and inspire people or excite people without spending the money and having an organization? >> well, it's a little too early to tell if we're in a new normal when it comes to retail level campaign during the caucuses. but one thing that you always need to be successful, it's the three ms. money, a message, motivating voters and the mechanics of an operation. no question right now newt gingrich has a message that is resonating, he's starting to raise money now that he's running ads and hiring staff in iowa. but by the campaign's own admission they're camping up when it comes to mechanics. here's where the mechanics in iowa are so important. we have 774 precincts spr
belonging to the clients of a texas security think tank are now in the hands of the hacking movement known as anonymous. one hacker saying the goal is to pilfer funds to give away for christmas donations. >>> all right. this just in to msnbc, the obama administration is considering whether to allow yemen's president into the u.s. for treatment. he was hurt in a june attack on his compound. he said he was leaving for the u.s. in order to help calm tensions in his country following a fresh wave of violence. he did not say it was for medical treatment. we'll be watching that story and keep you posted right here on msnbc. >>> a fatal suicide bombing is rocking officials this morning. just hours ago, officials say seven people were killed in that blast including five policemen, 32 people also wounded. the attack follows a rash of bombings last week that killed 70 people in a single day. meanwhile, vice president biden has been in constant phone contact with sunni and shiite leaders urging them to peacefully resolve the outbreak of violence. joined now by msnbc military analyst colonel jack jaco
texas to florida, another beautiful december day for you. just up there in the northern portions of the great lakes will be very cold. >> i want to be in miami, 72 degrees. that looks good. >>> sears stumbles, oil bubbles, and putting your foot in your mouth on facebook. >>> eight is great for the pats and niners. celtics can't stand the heat. the lakers get back on track. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. [ male announcer ] cranberry juice? wake up! ♪ that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm [ male announcer ] for half the calories -- plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. did you hear sam... ...got promoted to director? so 12 seconds ago. we should get him a present. thanks for the gift basket. you're welcome. you're welcome. did you see hr just sent out new... ...office rules? cause you're currently in violation of 6 of them. oh yeah, baby? ...and 7. did you guys hear that fred is leaving? so 30 seconds ago. [ noisemakers blow ] [ both ] we'll miss you! oh, facecake! there's some leftover cake. [ male announcer ] the new htc vivid. stay a step ahead with at&t 4g lte,
's entrenched from the northern plains down through colorado. it's snowing in west texas, from abilene, to lubbock, and new mexico, albuquerque up to santa fe is getting nailed. albuquerque still got some moderate snow and the winter storm warnings covering pretty much the state of new mexico. as we go for a drive, not even that far outside of the dallas-ft. worth area that we're starting to see the change from rain to snow, from midland out through abilene and north, up to wichita falls, you'll see some snowflakes. here's the cold air. the wind chill this morning is minus 7 here in nebraska. it's the opposite on the east coast. if anything your biggest weather concern is fog this morning, a lot of dense fog in southern new england, down outside of new york city, philadelphia and d.c. so be careful driving with that. there's no wind chill at all for the east coast. so enjoy it, probably a day or two more of this. temperatures, 80s in florida, 70s up through the carolinas, 60s from d.c. new york city near 60. the cold air entrenched, minneapolis to chicago. down in areas of texas today.
, texas. is it plano or plano? >> it's plano. >> was the president right? was speaker boehner right? >> you are quoting a lot of "animal house." this goes for the grade for all of congress. 0.0. the fact that we are sitting here discussing a $40 pay period rebait to taxpayers is ridiculo ridiculous. now, the national debt is over $15 trillion. that means every american taxpayer owes over $40,000 in debt. it's ridiculous. the fact we sent the republicans there to drastically alter and cut the spending in government, the best anybody can do is come up with $40 a pay period. the if i was going to pay for president obama's vacation, i would have to work 1,000 pay periods to pay for it. >> let's go with your principle here. should we pay for the bush tax cut for the rich? i'm just asking that, going by your principle. >> well t tax cuts for the rich -- the rich 1% pay over 37%. they are taxed enough. they creigh yait the jobs. that's not why you brought me on here. >> i just want to see if your principles are consistent or not. they cut the tax rates for the rich. 39% would have the clin
travel out there. christmas eve, believe it or not, west texas has a chance of getting christmas eve snow. there's a slight chance in dallas-ft. worth, santa may see snow flakes. don't expect it to cover the ground. by the time we get to christmas day, rain down there in louisiana, mississippi. that's about it. it doesn't feel like christmas with the weather. >> thank you. >> we joke with you a lot throughout the entire year. in the spirit of christmas, can i say this? get the hell out of my house. it's time for sports! >> could you find willie? call me. >> their first win of the season, the colts hosted the champions, houston texas in indianapolis. the texans upset. we move to the fourth quarter. houston up by one. batted in the air. bounces off the colts defense. the texans jones comes up with it for a first down. replay shows the ricochet. look at that. unbelievable. >> yes. >> houston takes a four-point lead. the colts on the final march down with 24 seconds left on the clock. well, reggie wayne gets the one-yard touchdown pass. the game winning score. the colts fans go wild. houston
s back into texas, into south texas at this time. florida, 78, and then we are finding the bulk of any precipitation today will be in the south. some much-needed areas into trks. the system that will be impacting the west coast. early in the week, we have southern cal dealing with the rain, and looking in the mountains of the southwest, snow in those areas. and then as we head into tuesday, we have a shot of wintry weather into the central parts of the country by tuesday. look out for icing, alex. >> heads up and thanks for that. >>> the fight over the payroll tax cut extension. if it's not passed, how much money will you lose? we will speak with maxine waters next. >>> and alec baldwin's cameo with his recent headline about the airlines. all energy development comes with some risk, but proven technologies allow natural gas producers to supply affordable, cleaner energy, while protecting our environment. across america, these technologies protect air - by monitoring air quality and reducing emissions... ...protect water - through conservation and self-contained recycling systems
with 30%. texas congressman ron paul came in a distant second with 15%. meanwhile, that same poll found that while most americans still disapprove of president obama's handling of the economy, his overall approval rating is at its highest since march, at 49%. >>> with uncertainty surrounding the future in north korea this morning, mourners are paying their last respects to their late supreme leader, kim jong-il. in a glass coffin surrounded by flowers, the longtime ruler's body has been laid out for a week-long viewing. kim jong-un, il's third son and successor, joined top north korean officials who gathered to visit his father's coffin. meanwhile, distraught mourners gathered in public plazas throughout the country. a funeral will be held for kim jong-il december 28th. >>> back here at home, parts of the southwest and central plains are getting hammered by a deadly snowstorm that's unleashed heavy snow and fierce winds. blizzard conditions are being blamed for at least two deaths in colorado, while whiteout conditions are making for treacherous travel in new mexico, oklahoma and northw
want to mention winter storm watches, northwest kansas, panhandle of texas, may see a few areas starting off with freezing rain, slick surfaces in the roads, topped off through western kansas with snowfall. so be careful travelwise into the start of the weekend. that's where the snow is right now in northern arizona, the rain in texas we'll see a few areas, much-needed rain, up to almost locally two inches, in a few areas a little bit more than that. back to detroit, i mentioned the snow around an inch or so, possible. especially north of town into northern reaches of the adirondacks. but the eastern coast of d.c., coming in quiet. we'll take a closer look at temperatures across the rest of the country. a few of us waking up warmer than yesterday. >>> also coming up on the watch for jobs, more signs of recovery and can the color of the can make a difference in taste? your "first look" at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. >>> coming up, a great finish in college football. donovan mcnabb back on the market and how did skittles beat the eagles? you're watching "f
-- >> upstairs. >> the rest of it. >> okay. >> he's the nation's senior governor of a big state. >> texas. >> okay. thank you, howard fineman, just kidding. a lot of smart people in texas, i was going to say liberals but that would be pushing. thank you, susan page. how much these have you covered? >> my ninth caucuses. >> we are brigadoon characters, aren't we? we come out here every four years. coming up, why don't evangelical voters get in line behind one candidate? i don't know why we're encouraging this. if they get behind santorum rather than splitting their vote among perry, bachmann and gingrich and the rest of them, they won't have clout out here. we're teaching evangelicals how to have more political clout. we're out here at java joe's. i caught up with romney voters today. watch. how do you see the vote on tuesday in the caucuses? >> i don't need my president to be my moral compass or religious compass, i need him to take care of my paycheck, and that's why i'm out here supporting romney. [ other merv ] welcome back to the cleaning games. let's get a recap, merv. [ merv ] thank
that when you ask someone in texas if they want "big" savings on car insurance, it's a bit like asking if they want a big hat... ...'scuse me... ...or a big steak... ...or big hair... i think we have our answer. geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. ♪ that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm [ male announcer ] for half the calories -- plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. >>> welcome back to "first look." i'm veronica de la vuz. here are some of the top stories this morning. police in texas are investigating the shooting at a christmas gathering in ft. worth. authorities believe the men and women are related and that the shooter is among the dead. >>> a tragic scene christmas morning in stanford, connecticut, where a mire killed five members of a family, including three children. two people were able to make it out of the burning victorian home. it took dozens of firefighters to get the fire under control. >>> thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to the clients of a texas-based security think tank are a
. >>> a texas man didn't get away with much of anything during a recent robbery attempt. surveillance cameras did catch the thief stealing a cash register, but it was empty at this fast food restaurant. police later found the suspect and arrested him on theft charges. >>> at various locations around the country, nursing mothers held what they called nurse-ins at target stores. this all started last month when a nursing mother in texas said she was treated rudely by confrontational target employees who removed her to a fitting room. she since has started a facebook page which launched the nationwide demonstration against restrictive corporate breast feeding policies. >>> and finally, 40-degree weather didn't stop one group of friends from having a good time on a new york lake. they braved frigid conditions to feed what they call their water skiing addiction. hopefully, in some wet suits there. >>> and now for a look at your national weather, we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. he's little more of an expert on this. frigid, 40 degrees? i don't know if
, business pro. you do. i've learned that when you ask someone in texas if they want "big" savings on car insurance, it's a bit like asking if they want a big hat... ...'scuse me... ...or a big steak... ...or big hair... i think we have our answer. geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. >>> welcome back to "the ed show." thanks for watching tonight. this is a dandy. today mitt romney gave another preview of how he will twist himself into knots if he is the republican nominee to go against president obama. he insists, insists the health care mandates are a conservative principle, but only at the state level. the state level. okay. so here's what he said on fox news this morning.ç >> look, our plan was rights for our state, and in my view, it was based upon conservative principles that frankly came from newt gingrich and the heritage foundation which was instead of people relying on government to provide their care, they should take personal responsibility. and it is fundamentally a conservative principle to insist that people take personal respons
of government issued i.d. that's required in a state. let's say texas. they say that even your university of texas, the state school in texas that i.d. is not good enough to vote. you then have to go out and purchase the kind of i.d. that they're asking for. that isn't a direct poll tax. >> one of the ways is to have your vote stolen and majority fraud happen. >> when does that happen? >> i think it happened in seattle. it's happened in louisiana multiple times. >> what kind of voter fraud are you saying? >> the kind of -- >> louisiana. >> there's a lot of information -- >> you should explain it. >> how much time do we have? >> we have a minute. >> it was 1994. he was running for governor of maryland m. >> matt, voter fraud exists. and at the end of the day, it comes down to weighing your options. i think there is a lot -- there is evidence that has made voter fraud seem like much more of a problem. on the other hand, you have the implications of these voter i.d. laws and countless numbers of states that could affect up to five million people. when you're purely look at those numbers, one
of supreme court case lawrence versus texas, the 2003 case brought the landmark decision to strike down homophobic anti-so many my laws in texas and other states. but perry didn't remember that. >> i wish i could tell you i knew every supreme court case. i don't. we can sit here and play i gotcha questions about what about this supreme court case or whatever, but you and i know the problem in this country is spending in washington, d.c., it's not some supreme court case. >>> a gotcha question? i don't think so. lawrence versus texas was a huge deal. it ended anti-gay laws that criminalized sex between consenting adults, and perry's talked about it in the past. he defended the law when the supreme court took the case in 2002. he also wrote about the case in his book, which came out just last year. he said that the decision was made by nine oligarchs in robes. and of course this wasn't the first time he forgot something on the trail. >> commerce, education and the -- what's the third one there? >> activist judges, whether it was -- um -- no, not the so t. >> i ask for your support and you
id before getting a ballot. kansas, texas and tennessee are the latest to restrict them. five other states already do. rhode island and new hampshire will ask for them, but allow voting if other identification is provided. the more than 60american who is security are in for a cost of living increase on the first of the year. that will be about $450 more for the entire year. eight states will raise minimum raise. san francisco will be the first city to raise the minimum wage above $10. it will go to $10.24 an hour, $3 higher than the federal minimum. the commercial truck and bus drivers will face stiff fine fist they use hand held cell phones at the wheel. as of the new year, you mentioned tanning beds that. law goes into effect in california and puts them off limits to anyone under 18. california becomes the first state to bar minors from using them. skin cancer has become an epidemic with young women. >> so many laws that will be instituted in 2012. as we look forward, there is probably going to be issues about how quickly they can implement many of the laws as they look forward to
, and the work that heather and rock the vote is doing. in the state of texas, if you have a student i. dishes, you can no longer use that student i.d. in order to vote. however, however, you can use a gun license in order to vote in the state of texas. so, again, it's a question not so much about howç we vote, bua question of who is voting. >> heather, what message are we sending to young americans, when you can use a gun license as i.d., but not a college student's i.d. as i.d. to vote? what are we saying to young people in this country? >> i know, it's unreal. whether that's in texas or wisconsin, where they finally said, fine, you can use your student i.d. to vote, but it has to meet this whole set of criteria, which as it turns out not a single stay tuned i.d. in the state actually meets. we're telling people once you're in power you get to choose your electorate, so it is rock the vote and what we're trying to do is flip that on its head and say they can't stop us, they can't decide who gets to vote in this democracy, but in fact we will stand up and we will vote on election day and ma
other place on it. then you go down to the state of texas, in texas, they say, look, you can vote with your gun license but you can't vote with your student id. when you look into -- ground zero for student voting rights in texas has often been out at prairie view. this is a black college where there have been wars fought in that town trying to make it possible for black students to get to the polling place. there's all sorts of battles over the years, very much targeted at disenfranchising students and especially black students. then you shift over to georgia that has this law that says if you don't have a zawahixeroxed attached -- >> a xeroxed copy -- this is crazy. the stuff they're saying doesn't make sense. >> you and i have been involved in voter registration our entire lives. we've been throw countless voter registration drives. never once have we been able to push one of those off while pushing a xerox machine down the street. they have said, look, we're not going to register voters in florida so long as these rules stay in place. >> let me say this, you and i -- ben and i
. it went to texas governor rick perry. >> commerce, education and the -- what's the third one there? let's see. oops. >> live free or die, victory or death. bring it. >> so richly deserved. now here's the host of tonight's ceremony, the reverend al sharpton. >>> welcome back. welcome back. we are here with our revvie awards, and judges. let's go to limelight award for political. the political moment of 2011. what was the political moment, alex? >> the political moment, we keep talking about occupy wall street, but if we say that's how the biggest moment of the year, the turning point was when those protesters first sat down in zuccotti park. >> i would have to say things even bigger, ending the war in iraq, the president's speech to the troops coming home, a convulsive period coming to an end. >> michael? >> i thought the president's somewhat pathetic budget speech at george washington university in april this year. >> mine would be mitt romney's revival of the roaring '20 recent when he said corporations are people too. i think that's what occupy wall street inspired, people said not on
to challenge perry's law in texas. me about the case against that.ç >> the department of justice is considering whether or not to approve texas's law. whether or not the law is discriminatory against minorities and makes it harder for them to participate. we have taken the position that it does and in fact a much greater proportion of african-american and latino citizens will be disenfranchised and participating in the texas elections than the law with white voters. >> the brena know school for justice. stick around with us and the day's top lines are coming up. >> ron paul would wait until one of the cities in the united states is wiped off the map before he reacted. oh it's clearance time! yeah, our low prices are even lower. we need to teach her how to walk. she is taking up valuable cart space. aren't you, honey? [ male announcer ] it's our biggest clearance event of the year where our prices are even lower. save money. live better. walmart. you walk into a conventional mattress store, it's really not about you. they say, "well, if you want a firm bed you can lie on one of those. we provide
day. a little snow in the northern tier of the country, and western lakes. quiet in texas, and then some snow into new mexico as mentioned. also, going to be a windy day in southern california. santa anas kicking in. that will calm down later today. there's the snowstorm in new mexico, in roswell, wet weather in areas that need it. that rain stretches to the southeast christmas day. richard, that's going to be just about the only weather across the country on christmas day. back to you. >> have some great holidays, my friend. >> you, too. >>> here are other stories we are following. massive five alarm fire tore through a california neighborhood, left three injured, dozens homeless. 150 firefighters battled the fire that started in a house. high winds quickly spread that blaze and torched three apartment buildings. arson crews are trying to determine what caused this fire. >>> walmart and health officials are awaiting tests on a batch of powdered infant formula after a missouri newborn that drank it died from a rare infection. enfamiliar i will has been removed from 3,000 s
carolina, tennessee, texas, wisconsin. all five states all controlled by republican legislatures have made it harder for citizens to vote. in south carolina's case, the justice department's actually stepped in to block the new voter i.d. law. they say it will suppress voter turnout among minorities. according to the doj, 82,000 minority citizens in south carolina are registered to vote but lack the kind of identification the new law requires. these voters are nearly 20% more likely to be disenfranchised by this change than are white voters. now, the department of justice can do this. it can step in in south carolina's new law because of the voting rights act of 1965. under section 5 of the voting rights act, certain states, states with an egregious history of legalized racial discrimination and suppressing the my tinority vote, those sta must get something called preclearance. they're going to significantly alter their election laws. the department of justice has to sign off on it. south carolina is one of those states. kansas isn't. south carolina's republican governor, nickki haley, vowe
in iowa and endorsed the texas congressman. stay tuned, folks. while there are only six days left, but the ground is clearly shifting. so the co-chair of the bachmann campaign has jumped ship and gone over to ron paul. >>> up next, romney made millions of dollars at bain capital by putting my next guesç and his co-workers at ampad on the unemployment line. >>> don't forget to tweet us using #edshow. stay tuned. e about. ♪ that's why we created the share the love event. get a great deal on a new subaru and 250 dollars goes to your choice of five charities. ♪ with your help, we can reach 20 million dollars by the end of this, our fourth year. [ female announcer ] get 0 percent apr financing on select models for thirty-six months and we'll donate two-hundred and fifty dollars to your choice of five charities. now through january 3rd. >>> well the 2012 election is going to be about the economy and jobs. i think we can agree on that. most polls show that across the country. mitt romney's history at bain capital is not going to help his image as a job creator. now, we want to discl
governor for texas for nearly 1 1 years, they have become the second largest economy in the country. you look at his record, while under president obama, we've lost 2 million jobs. under governor perry, texas created 1 million jobs, nearly 40% have been in texas. he has cut taxes now 65 times, $14 billion, revamped the texas tort system. as a result, got a great economic record that he can run on. he can show that he has delivered results. i think that the challenge for president obama -- he's a great speaker, ran a great campaign four years ago. he had never run anything before he became president of the united states. and i think the voters are looking for a candidate with executive experience, with a proven track record. that's what rick perry can offer. >> but right now, republicans apparently are splitting between at this point mitt romney and newt gingrich and i know the way this race has gone, one half of that equation seems to change every couple weeks. but are you comfortable if it does come down to a choice between mitt romney and newt gingrich if governor perry doesn't make it
appeared at a ron paul event in iowa and endorsed the texas congressman. stay tuned, folks. while there are only six days left, but the ground is clearly shifting. so the co-chair of the bachmann campaign has jumped ship and gone over to ron paul. >>> up next, romney made millions of dollars at bain capital by putting my next guest and his co-workers at ampad on the unemployment line. >>> don't forget to tweet us using #edshow. stay tuned. >>> well the 2012 election is going to be about the economy and jobs. i think we can agree on that. most polls show that across the country. mitt romney's history at bain capital is not going to help his image as a job creator. now, we want to disclose nbc universal and bain capital are each a part owner of the weather channel.ç bain capital's main business model is buying companies like american pad and paper and restructuring them. in many instances, bain turned a profit by strip mining these companies. american, ampad is what it's known, the stock was driven down and the company went bankrupt. they fired hundreds of workers along the way. o
of a big state. >> but texas. just kidding! i was going to say liberals, but that would be pushing it. anyway, thank you, susan page. you know these -- how many of these have you covered? >> this is my ninth caucuses. >> we are brigadoon characters, aren't? >>> coming up, why don't evangelical voters get in line behind one candidate? i don't know why we're encouraging this, but if they get behind santorum instead of splitting their vote between perry, bachmann, gingrich and the rest of them, they won't have any clout. we're teaching evangelicals tonight how to have more political clout. we'll be back from java joe's in des moines. first, i caught up with some voters at that romney rally today, let's watch. >> tell me about your vote and how you see your vote next day in the caucuses. >> i feel like i don't need my president to be my moral compass or my religious compass, i need him to take care of my paycheck and that's why i'm out here supporting romney. what is it about taking a first step that we find so compelling? is it because taking a step represents hope? or triumph? at genwor
. the ad bookmarked the texas governor's appearance on thursday night's episode of the "tonight show." we'll play more of that coming up. >>> herman cain may be laying the groundwork to drop out of the race for president, even as his staffers s urge him to fig on. he said he'll decide by monday whether or not to suspend his campaign. it follows accusations this week made by an atlanta woman who claims the two carried on a sexual affair for 13 years. cain insists it was simply a friendship and he was helping her financially over that period of time. still, it wasn't the candidate's political supporters, the only ones caught off-guard by the relationship. >> my wife did not know about it and that was the revelation and the surprise that my wife found out about it when she went public with it. if she had been just another man that i had helped, it probably wouldn't have raised as much suspicion. but my wife is comfortable with the explanation that i told her. regarding you know, having to help her. >> that's an understanding wife. i was just paying her bills for 13 years. cain's accuser, mi
winter storm is taking shape in the desert southwest, now heading for areas of north texas, colorado and kansas, so it's pretty rural areas, not a lot of big cities affected by the heavy snow, but blizzard warnings do affect portions of five different states, where oklahoma and kansas and texas all meet. denver will not get much out of this, but pueblo will see snow. cities like kansas city, oklahoma city and wichita, all the snow should stay farther to your north with kansas city being the closest to it. so, at least some people will definitely be looking at a white christmas out of this. it's been a very cold weekend, definitely felt like winter, finally, and up through new england, but it will warm up today after a chilly start. we will get back up into the 40s in most cases. chances of showers late in the day, pittsburgh and buffalo. we did see snow this weekend. syracuse picked up an inch, cleveland picked up five inches from lake effect, but still no major winter storms are heading this way, at least through the workweek. by the time we go through this afternoon, also watch out
on strong same store global revenue. costco fell on disappointing earnings. watch texas instruments today. after hours, ti cut its quarterly outlook and warned of low demand. wells fargo is paying $148 million to settle claims it overcharged on state and local government investments. >>> all right. the time has come. finally, coca-cola has moved its secret formula for the first time since 1925, this from a bank vault to a new exhibit at the company's downtown atlanta museum. but there's a catch. the 1886 formula itself remains hidden from view. so you're just going to have to wait. >>> coming up, albert says so long to st. louis. the nba says no way. and a very embarrassing moment at baseball's winter meetings. plus, big ben takes a licking but comes back to lead the steelers to victory. your first look at sports is straight ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. the droid razr by motorola. the newest droid armed with motocast. granting you wireless access to files on your home computer from almost anywhere. 4g lte equipped to pull pictures, music, and movies. all at mind-melting s
to vote. student i.d.s in texas issued by a university. but if you have a gun permit issued by the state of texas, then it is. it's so obvious and transparent but not obvious to the average voter who expects that they would have easy access to the polls. this is mirk afterall. we should be trying to encourage voting. that is what the democratic party has said for 50 years. they're trying to rig the election. >> talking about the democrats who are said to be afraid of mitt romney. let's let the president and his hench men keep doing it. that's good news for us from a political perspective. is the president making a mistake? >> we're focusing on mitt romney because american voters should be afraid of the prospect of mitt romney becoming president of the united states. this person has no mor recall core, no conviction. bring afghanistan home. both sides americans do want to make sure where it stands. mitt romney probably has trouble keeping track of where he stands on any given day. we think that is important information for voters to have so they know what they are getting when they cast a
by state. texas governor rick perry meanwhile, polling in the single digits trying to revive his campaign before the iowa caucuses. he links both newt gingrich and mitt romney to president obama. >> we don't want government mandated health care. yet, newt gingrich supports it and mitt romney, he put it in the law in massachusetts. worse, barack obama forced it on the entire nation. rick perry, he'll repeal it starting day one. >> i won't let the big government liberals ruin this country. i'm rick perry. i'm an outsider who will repeal obama care, and i approve this message. >> outsider is your key word there. donald trump's debate scheduled for december 27th may end up being an intimate affair. rick perry, michele bachmann, the latest gop contenders saying they won't attend, newt gingrich and rick santorum confirm they'll be there. even those two should reconsider, some say. >> we appreciate what mr. trump has done. but if you're still talking about potentially running as an independent candidate, i think that's a problem. there will be malpractice from me as an rnc chairman not to believ
cruz. here are some of the top stories this morning. police in texas are investigating the shooting of seven people at a christmas gathering in suburban ft. worth. police believe the women and men are related and that the shooter is among the dead. >>> a tragic scene christmas morning in stamford, connecticut, where a fire killed five members of a family, including three children. two people were able to make it out of the burning victorian home. it took dozens of firefighters to get the fire under control. >>> thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to the clients of a texas-based security think tank are apparently now in the hands of the hacking movement known as anonymous. one hacker says the goal is to pi pi pifler pilfer funds from individual accounts to give away as christmas donations. >>> a south korean polar research ship has reached a leaking russian fishing vessel that's been stuck in the frigid waters off antarctic for the past ten days. the "sparta" and 32-member crew hit underwater ice that tore a one-foot hole in its hull. >>> and in
christmas, west texas. fresh snow coming down from midland northwards to lubbock. new mexico, much of the state has been covered in snow the last week. unfortunately for those in the dallas/ft. worth area, looks like plain old rain. 48-hour snowfall, west texas, a little in washington state, maybe a tiny bit off the great lakes in upstate new york but not a lot of fresh snow. in other words, if you don't are snow on the ground right now, i can't get you a white christmas. this map shows who has a white christmas. areas in white and blue is where the snowpack is. the green, earth tone, that's where the ground is bare. almost all of the eastern half of the united states is bare. even parts of new england got a little bit yesterday but that's about it. there's been very much a lack of snow so far this winter season. so, your christmas eve forecast, light rain turning into steadier rains for houston, dallas, louisiana, watch out, you'll get drenched throughout tonight into tomorrow. much of the country looks great. your christmas day forecast. louisiana in mississippi, alabama, overall
in texas to, his family. and mitt romney is already in the next state to vote. he's made it very clear that he expects to be the nominee. more than 1200 miles away in new hampshire, mitt romney was already focusing on the next primary state friday night. >> i want you to bring friends to the voting booth. i want it loud and clear message. >> reporter: earlier romney's message was reinforced by popular new jersey governor chris christie who offered iowa voters this playful jab. >> you don't do what you're supposed to do on tuesday for mitt romney, i will be back, jersey style, people. i will be back! >> reporter: romney deflected a question from andrea mitchell over whether he would release his tax returns. >> you know, if i become president, yeah, then i'll consider that. it's a little premature for me to be talking about that at this stage. >> reporter: is there some secret? people know you're wealthy. >> yeah, i understand. >> reporter: there's nothing to hide? >> i agree. nothing to hide. >> reporter: rick santorum tried to build on momentum he's gained. >> we're picking up. we have
of the massacre. >>> the state of texas could see the primary date pushed back. the supreme court on friday blocked the use of new legislative maps drawn by federal judges. the new boundaries would have ensured minorities make up the majority and three additional congressional districts. the supreme court says it will hear arguments now on january 9th. >>> tens of thousands are expected to hit the streets here in new york city today for a march and rally against new laws critics say attack voting rights and scores of civil rights, labor and community leaders are taking part in today's stand for freedom event. todd johnson is joining me live from that rally. good morning. let's get to the main message behind today's rally and march. give me a pinpoint message here. >> good morning, alex. well, today's -- today's rally and march which will take place in a few hours, the naacp is focusing on empowering and franchising minority communities who they say are suppressed with some of the new voter restrictions that are being passed in states and have been passed this year. particularly in south car
. on january 6th of 2009, michele bachmann and lewis gohmert of texas, they introduced a two-month extension on a complete holiday tax. take a look. >> it is the height of arrogance that in this body we say no, no, no, gohmert's got this bill, hr143 that lets the people that earned it have a two month tax holiday. we can't do that, we can't let that come to the floor for a vote. >> oh, but that was a long time ago. you see, republicans wanted a zero tax rate for two months. today they say a 2% cut causes too much uncertainty. who are these people? they don't know who they are. but here's the bottom line. let me ask you this. have you ever gone out -- it happens in advertising quite a bit, i might add -- you go out and you do a deal with somebody over lunch. in this case, boehner likes to play golf. he likes the whiskey, likes the cigars, likes -- yeah, i got a deal, i got a deal, yeah. it gets back to the office. wait a minute, everything's changed. something else happened. has to call back. say, you know, i can't do the deal. happens in business, doesn't it? it really disappoints the heck o
of texas. great to have both of you with us tonight. congresswoman jackson lee, i want to ask you, is this game on for the democrats in did the president lay out a very progressive vision that you can stand behind and this is where the democrats have to go? >> ed, game on. this is truly a home run, renewed nationalism. i'm almost standing on my tippy toes because of the excitement of the president taking charge on behalf of the american people. teddy roosevelt talked about busting monopolies. he was called, as the president said in his speech, a socialist, a communist, and then turned out to be a hero, because in busting those monopolies, he created jobs for the american people. the president today laid out a roadmap and asked us, are we prepared and willing to sacrifice to get a better education, better opportunities for jobs and infrastructure, for the american people? by saying to those top 1%, many of whom are in agreement, but they have been taken hostage, themselves, by the republicans who use them as pawns to keep bush tax cuts that have done nothing to create jobs but only
. for example, lawrence v. texas is a great example. he wants the state of texas to basically make being gay illegal if they want to. and we hope there's a higher court, the supreme court that will stop that from happening under a ron paul presidency. >> yeah. this is pretty much in the context of paul trying to disavow other extreme positions in these newsletters years ago that are now dogging his campaign. paul wants to be bold, but he also seems to attract, you know, a fringe element that's out there. and it is out in iowa. the guy does have support. he's getting massive crowds compared to the other candidates. what do you make of all of this? >> well, i think a lot of it is pretty kind of crazy marketing. because what he's really hoping for is a kind of reconstructionist growth where christian law and the bible are what become one law with the civil law. it's interesting. these are the guys who screamed the most about the infringement of sharia law supposedly coming to our country, but what they want, or what michele bachmann went to call for to learn was how do we take these laws and ma
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